Well that was fun !….as you can probably tell, I’ve now completed Portal 2. If you are a fan of the first game, you will surely love this, and if you haven’t played the first, I strongly suggest you do before starting this one. I can only assume if you play Portal 2 without the back story of the first….it just wouldn’t make sense.
Portal 2 picks up after the events in the first, however this one fills in a lot of the unanswered questions from the first…what is the Aperture Science laboratories, Why was it created, where does GLaDOS come from, why is she a bit psycho. For obvious spoiler reasons, I’m not going to tell you, it’s part of the journey you’ll have to go through yourself.
The game itself plays a lot like the first, you start in an area, and have to find the exit, however due to the events at the end of the first, the test chambers aren’t quite how they were. Using your portal gun, buttons, cubes, you “test” your way through many many areas. I’m not sure how many there were, but there were 2, maybe 3 times more than in the first. In addition to your original toolset, Valve have added lasers, a new cube to deflect the lasers, as well as various gels. There’s a gel that makes you go faster, one that allows you to create portals on surfaces you couldn’t originally, and one that allows you to bounce. As you can imagine, a “test chamber” with all of these elements at your disposal really gets the brain working. I’d just like to take a moment to blow ones own trumpet, and say that I made it through the entire game without having to google. I must however admit that I got close at times, but taking 5 minutes out and coming back with a fresh set of eyes seemed to do the trick.
If you’ve seen any trailers, posters, game disk cover you’ll know that GLaDOS is back, however she’s not your only companion throughout the game, you are joined by a core voiced by Stephen Merchant. If you like his sense of humour, you will be in stitches, however I can see that if his sense of humour is not for you, he may be quite annoying. Personally I was on the fence, dependant on my mood, I either found him hilarious, or found myself thinking….”please shut up”. In addition to Stephen (and I didn’t know this until I looked on IMDB) you have Nolan North doing the voice of some additional characters. This surprised me that he played such a small parts, and Nolan is the voice behind Drake (Uncharted), Desmond (Assassin’s Creed), Romeo (Halo 3 ODST) to name just a few.
In addition to the main game, you have co-op mode. This is a different story to the main game as you and your co-op buddy get to play as 2 robots. Now I’ve not yet played through this as my other half is only half way through the main game, however really looking forward to playing through this section of the game.
Once I completed the game, I had a look at all the achievements I’ve missed, and plan a second run through to clean up (and actually looking forward to it).
All in all, a great game, if you care about the original game, and want more of a background on the whole Portal world, this is a must buy, just seeing all the “behind the scene” really flushes out the world and makes it more of a living, breathing system. My recommendation, go buy this game, but if you’ve not played Portal, I suggest picking that up first.
Approx Time taken to beat – 10 hours
Difficulty setting – Default
Score – [Rating:5/5]
Game TrailerTags: Aperture, Companion, Cubes, First Game, Game Disk, Gels, Google, Lasers, Portals, Psycho, Science Laboratories, Sense Of Humour, Spoiler, Stephen Merchant, Stitches, Surfaces, Test Chamber, Test Chambers, Trumpet, Unanswered Questions